Puppy & Dog Wellness
Understanding your dog’s body language is useful in many different situations.
Command - Down
Teaching your dog simple commands like "Down" can be very useful. Check out how one simple command can be used in a variety of ways.
Command - Stay
After you and your dog have mastered the sit and down commands, the logical extension on them is training your dog to stay.
Don't look at as a cage but as your dog's bedroom. With the proper training they will look at the crate as a security; it should never be used as punishment or negative. The following article is informative on how to make this as a positive place for your pet.
Dangerous Foods for Dogs
Who can resist those big brown eyes and cute doggie grin? Can a little reward from the table really hurt your dog? Well, that depends on what it is and what's in it. A chip with guacamole can cause your dog some real problems. In fact, there's a lot of "people food" your dog should never eat. And, it's not just because of weight. Some foods are downright dangerous for them -- and some of these common foods may surprise you.
Oh that annoying dog that barks!!! It is nice when they let you know someone has arrived however when the dog does uncontrollably it is bad.
Emergency treatment and first aid for pets should never be used as a substitute for veterinary care. But it may save your pet's life before you can get your pet to a veterinarian.
Dog begging for food is one of the most common discipline issues that dog owners face. An unfortunate side effect of loving our dogs so much is that we would like to give them everything that they want. So when our dogs start begging for food, it's almost too much for us to bear... and we cave!
Adding another dog to your household can bring you and your current dog more fun and companionship.
Training a Hyperactive dog to calm down
Exercise is very important and a lack of it can lead to naughty behaviors. Here are some suggestions to work through hyperactivities.
Misty Method - Puppy housebreaking
The Misty Method teaches the puppy that there is a designated spot to potty making it easier for the new owner to potty train their new puppy.
Potty Out Bells
Training your dog to ring bells to let you know they have to go outside is a great idea. I simply took sleigh bells and tied them to a wide ribbon.
Teaching your dog to eliminate outside provides comfort for both your family and your pet, and it will help you bond easier. With no extra cleaning and less stress generated by your puppy’s “mistakes”, you’ll have more time to have fun and to discover the benefits of having a pet.
Exercise is very important and a lack of it can lead to naughty behaviors. Walking should be enjoyable for both you and your pet.
This maybe be directed for puppies but actually gives good information for all ages. Your dog is always learning and refreshers are good.
What does socialization mean? Most think this is defined by your dog being pet by others and playing with dogs. It goes beyond that. Introducing your dog to diverse situations and environments with positive experiences is critical. What a dog does not like or understand they often fear. All dogs of any age can be socialized. Remember behavior is reward based and all situations should involve positivity & safety
This can be tough on them and as well as for you.
Training your dog will start the first moment you have them. Take time to create a vocabulary list everyone will use when giving your dog directions. This will help prevent confusion and help your dog learn his commands more quickly. Not sure which commands to use? Check out How to Talk to Your Dog.